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Kid’s Health – Part Two

In part two we look at the role rest and activity play, as well as hygiene.  It is important to have a balance between rest and activity so when children are awake it is necessary for them to get some physical exercise especially outside.  Physical activity benefits the spleen, stomach, heart and lungs thereby simultaneously consuming the body’s energy (qi and blood) and stimulating production. When the qi and blood of the body is strong through proper diet and balanced exercise and rest it prevents pathogens from entering the body in the same way the immune system protects one from illness.  Below are some tips for balancing rest and activity set a regular bedtime – ideally with a routine that signals the body it is time to sleep.  Incorporating whatever may be calming for the child – bath or story spend time in free play – unstructured time allows kids to create games, explore the physical limits, use their imagination having quiet time during the day – drawing, reading,...

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Kid’s Health – Part One

As a parent I think about my daughter’s health and how to keep her immune system strong and how to help her recover quickly when she does fall ill. Good health starts with the basics: nutritious food, enough activity, proper rest and hygiene.  For a baby that’s easy breastfeeding and regular sleep, the hygiene part is up to the parents.  As you get into the toddler stage and beyond it might be a little more challenging.  In this three part series I discuss the TCM outlook on kid’s health and important areas to focus on plus some natural remedies for when things go sideways. While mealtimes can sometimes be a hassle or a challenge especially with a picky eater, digestion is the basic building block of a strong immune system in TCM.  The right food at the right time is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine and makes for good digestion. In traditional Chinese medicine digestion works a little differently, the spleen and stomach are the main organ...

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Transitioning from winter to spring is a great time to do a thorough clean of your home, purge old household items and clothing.  The same can be said for the body. Here are 5 tips for making a smooth transition into spring. 1. Time to lighten up. After months of eating hearty, warming food it’s time to start eating sprouts, fresh greens, pungent herbs to get the energy flowing. Fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, tempeh are also good to introduce into the diet. They add important probiotics to aid digestion and reduce inflammation.  Another way to lighten up is to take advantage of lengthening daytime hours by waking earlier. 2. Get moving. During the cold dark winter months it is easy to stay cocooned up inside watching Netflix. Spring energy is rising therefore take advantage of lighter, milder days to get up and out.  Walk the seawall, ride a bike, play sports outside, anything to get your blood and Qi circulating while breathing in fresh air. 3. Cleanse. Change of seasons...

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Spring health tips

Spring health tips

The liver is the system in TCM associated with Spring time.  The Liver system has many functions in  TCM which include nourishing tendons/ligaments, eyes and nails through it’s ability to promote Qi and blood circulation.  An important component to Qi circulation is regulating emotions.  It is important for emotions to be expressed in an appropriate manner rather than holding them in or letting them explode.  Now is a time when it would be beneficial to look back and let go of past anger, resentment, frustration.  Often these emotions will come to the forefront in the Spring because our energy is rising up and along with it tempers can flare too. When the Liver system is out of balance people may feel agitated, frustrated/angry they may feel tightness in their body particularly in the neck, sides, ribs, hips or IT band.  This can mean we need to move the body more to loosen up the tension or the body needs more nourishment. Other symptoms that may appear during Spring time...

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